Cabernet MerlotCabernet Merlot

Mills Reef

Reserve

Cabernet Merlot

Gimblett Gravels

2017
Winemakers: Tim Preston & Paul Dawick
Alcohol: 13.0%
AWARDS
Raymond Chan 2018 Raymond Chan 2018
4 STARS
Tasting Note

The grapes for this generous wine were grown in the stony soils in the prestigious Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District, on low yielding closely spaced vines. The 2017 growing season experienced a dry summer with some disease pressure early autumn. Despite this, the fruit came off the vine in very good condition, with an average of 20.2 Brix.

The grapes were gently crushed, allowing some whole berries to remain intact, and the must transferred into a mix of open top fermenters and closed stainless steel tanks for an average of three days cold soak. Fermentation proceeded with twice daily rummaging for colour, flavour and fine tannin extraction. The resulting wine was aged for 10 months in quality oak, predominantly French 300L hogsheads (33% being new wood), with one racking. The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling in July 2017 under screwcap closure.

A rich flavoursome wine, this traditional blend exudes intense blackcurrant and boysenberry flavours, layered with caramel and spicy cedary oak. Ageing in quality oak has conferred a velvety smooth texture, giving this wine immediate appeal, or for judicious cellaring to reward over the medium term

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